The Dracula Legend

Vampires have been written about and put into films as if they exists. In
the 1931 movie called "Dracula" Bella Lugosi plays Dracula. In both Bram
Stoker's "Dracula" and the movie "Interview with a Vampire" not only do
the vampires travel, but also their manner of movement is borderless and
fluid. These vampires are mobile.

    In Coppola's film, in various scenes Dracula moves within and folds
    space and time. He floats along the floor in one scene, climbs upside
    down a wall, moves instantaneously from one spot in the room to
    another, moves as a luminous green fog and moves within his native
    soil. He is also protected and transported in the final scene of the
    film by gypsies, who are a nomadic people.

    The real Count Dracula whose legend the writers based their novels
    on, actually lived in Transylvania in the fifteenth century. His name
    was Vlad Tepes and as he ruled Romania he was a cruel and
    frequently impaled his enemies on large wooden poles.  

    The Most Recent Recorded Attack By A Vampire
    The first reports of a vampire-like creature called the chupacabra,
    or "goat sucker," appeared in Puerto Rico in 1975.

    The creature is described as being between three and four feet tall
    with grey skin and reptilian features. It attacks domestic farm
    animals in the night, biting their necks and draining their blood.

    Since 1975, chupacabra sightings have been reported as far north
    as Maine and as far south as Chile, although most reports come from
    Puerto Rico, Mexico, and Hispanic communities in Florida and Texas.

    Oldest record of a Vampire attack.
    One of the oldest pieces of writing that archaeologists have
    uncovered is a magical spell written by a mother in ancient
    Mesopotamia around 4000 B.C. to protect her child against an
    attack by a type of vampire called an ekimmu. The ekimmu were the
    spirits of the dead who had not been accepted into the afterlife.

    The word ekimmu literally means "that which is snatched away." In
    the earliest legends, they were spirits of those who had died
    prematurely in an accident or had been murdered.

    Over time, the number of reasons a person could become an ekimmu
    expanded to include people who died of thirst in the desert and
    those who did not receive a proper burial. No matter why they were
    refused entry to the next life, ekimmu were angry, and ready to
    take it out on people who were still living. Because it no longer had a
    body of its own, an ekimmu would drain the life from a person and
    then possess the body.

Below: People in Serbia hang garlic out to ward off Dracula's bite.